Futako-Tamagawa Area Guide

Futako-Tamagawa is located in Setagaya ward, in southwestern Tokyo on the banks of the Tama River. It has enjoyed a surge in popularity as a residential neighborhood in the last few years, especially since the opening of the Futako-Tamagawa Rise residential and commercial complex in 2015. There are many reasons why this area ranks highly as a residential neighborhood: proximity to natural areas near the Tama River, the urban conveniences of the Rise development, and easy access to central Tokyo.

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Location

Futako-Tamagawa (also referred to as Nikotama, an alternate reading of the name in Japanese) is located on the southern edge of Setagaya Ward, bordered by the Tama River. With the Denentoshi Line, it’s possible to get to Shibuya within 15 minutes. While Setagaya Ward as a whole tends to rank quite high in terms of livability within the 23 special wards of Tokyo, the Tamagawa area of Setagaya Ward consistently ranks as one of the most desired areas to live in Tokyo. Thanks to the combination of the modern shopping complex of Futako-Tamagawa Rise and the open green space overlooking the Tama River, you’ll enjoy a balance between natural and urban scenery.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Futako-Tamagawa

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥80,100/month ($730)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥126,000/month ($1,150)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥160,000/month ($1,450)

Apartments For Rent in Futako-Tamagawa

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
Tokyu  Denentoshi
Tokyu  Oimachi

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Denentoshi (Shibuya), transfer to Yamanote 28 min
Shibuya Denentoshi, direct 15 min
Tokyo Denentoshi (Shibuya), line changes to Hanzomon (Otemachi), transfer to Marunouchi 37 min
Shinagawa Oimachi (Oimachi), transfer to Keihin-Tohoku  26 min
Roppongi Denentoshi (Shibuya), line changes to Hanzomon (Aoyama-Itchome), transfer to Oedo 30 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Oimachi (Jiyugaoka), transfer to Toyoko 28 min

Orientation Around the Station

Futako-Tamagawa Station’s ticket gate. Photo: Wpcpey via Wikimedia Commons

This is a straightforward station with two entrances/exits that share one ticket gate.

  • The East Exit will take you straight through the Futako-Tamagawa Rise shopping complex. This is the exit to take if you want to catch a bus or a taxi from the station. If you follow this path, you’ll also encounter the Tsutaya store and 109 Cinema movie theater. Continue walking for about 10 minutes to get to the beautiful Futako-Tamagawa Park
  • The West Exit will put you closer to the Takashimaya department store and all the luxury shopping contained within.

Futako-Tamagawa Rise

There’s quite a bit of foot traffic around the shopping complex, and you can catch some events that make use of the space by offering visitors with some seats to take a quick break! Photo: Yoppy via Flickr

Completed in 2015, this commercial complex features a variety of upscale stores, cafes, restaurants, a movie theater, and the Tsutaya electronics store. And if you can’t find your fill of shopping and dining at Futako-Tamagawa Rise, it is even connected to the Takashimaya department store via underground passages.

There is a small garden on the 4th floor of the terrace which is a little bit hidden from the main path, making it a nice, quiet spot to relax within the shopping plaza. The 5th floor of the terrace opens up to a small park area with a nice view across the Tama River.

If you explore all of Futako-Tamagawa Rise and are still itching for more shopping, the nearby Takashimaya department store should soothe your inner shopaholic. In 1969, it was the first department store established in a suburban neighborhood of Tokyo.

The Rise shopping complex is located right at the station, so you can start your window shopping as soon as you arrive at Futako-Tamagawa! Photo: Toshihiro Gamo via Flickr

Upscale/Luxury Apartments in a Green Suburban Neighborhood

As Futako-Tamagawa has developed into an affluent suburb that blends the beauty of the natural riverfront scenery with modern luxury shops, there has been an increase in the number of luxury apartments in the area. Including the Futako-Tamagawa Rise Tower & Residence, Proud Tower Futako-Tamagawa, and Park Court Futako-Tamagawa. These luxury apartment complexes tend to include features such as guest rooms for accommodating visitors, community rooms with play spaces for children, and lounges. The suburban vibe of the area gives it a slightly more family-friendly atmosphere compared to luxury apartments in Chuo Ward or Minato Ward.

Tamagawa Fireworks Festival

Great shot of the scale of the fireworks show. There’s a completely different feel when you’re right under the fireworks! Photo: Big Ben in Japan via Flickr

Towards the end of the summer, the largest fireworks festival in Setagaya Ward is held along the banks of the Tama River. This event (weather permitting) draws in massive crowds gathering to watch the mesmerizing and colorful designs that will light up the evening sky. Festival goers will be able to get their fill of festival food (takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and yakisoba) while enjoying the lively atmosphere of the celebration. It’s a great chance to experience a part of Japanese culture, just be sure to show up early if you want to snag a good seat. More information can be found on the event website here, which gets updated every year.

Eating

The developed shopping centers close to the station offer plenty of trendy restaurants to try. This upscale vibe has also attracted a few other notable international eateries like bills (a stylish cafe that has Australian roots), Shake Shack (American east coast burger chain), and Krispy Kreme (American donut chain). Those looking to try more local fare can check out Ayu Ramen for a unique ramen option that incorporates grilled fish or Kokonotsuido for traditional Japanese soba in a classy setting. If you are looking for great sushi you can make your way to Ikkyu, seating is limited but the service and food is top notch.

Livability

A view of Futako-Tamagawa Park. There’s plenty of open space here, and the path along the river is great for a quick jog or a leisurely stroll. Photo: Wpcpey via Wikimedia Commons

The completion of the Tamagawa Takashimaya department store in 1969 set off a rebirth of the area. The addition of brand name goods increased property values and started attracting wealthier residents. Then, the completion of Futako-Tamagawa Rise in 2015 really solidified the area’s reputation as one of the most fashionable, developed suburban neighborhoods of Tokyo.

Being located along the Tama River means there’s plenty of open space for outdoor activities. The area appeals to families with little ones, since they can run around the playgrounds during the day. When the weather is nice in the spring and summer you’ll see many families (and couples) take advantage of the open green space for picnics and barbecues!

Another popular reason for moving to the area is because it is the location of the Rakuten headquarters. Rakuten has a diverse workforce that consists of many non-Japanese, and this area is a great fit for any employee looking to cut down on commute time. At only 15 minutes from Shibuya, it’s also within commuting distance to downtown Tokyo for those who enjoy living in a more suburban environment.

Useful Info at a Glance

Supermarkets

Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
Tokyu Store Futako Tamagawa Rise Store Mon. – Sat.: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Sun.: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

〒158-0094 Tokyo, Setagaya City, Tamagawa, 2 Chome−21−1 二子玉川ライズ B1F
Maruetsu Futakotamagawa 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM 3 Chome-39-30 Tamagawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0094
Gardens Marche Futako Tamagawa 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM 〒158-0094 Tokyo, Setagaya City, Tamagawa, 1 Chome−14−1 二子玉川ライズS.C. テラスマーケット 2F

*This is just a selection of supermarkets in the area.

Gyms

Nearby Gyms Hours Address
JOYFIT Futako Tamagawa 24 hrs 4 Chome-1-9 Tamagawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0094
Konami Sports Club Futakotamagawa Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri.: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Tue.: Closed

Sat. – Sun.: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

2 Chome-27-10 Tamagawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0094

*These are just examples of gyms available in the area.

Universities

Nearby Universities Information
Komazawa University Tamagawa Campus Komazawa University Home Page

Ward Office, Police, Library

Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station Hours Address
Setagaya Ward Office Tamagawa General Branch Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

1 Chome-20-21 Tamagawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0094
Tamagawa Police Station Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

2 Chome-9-22 Nakamachi, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0091

Clinics

Nearby Clinics Address
Tamagawa Hospital 4 Chome-8-1 Seta, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0095
Futakotamagawa Medical Clinic 3 Chome-15-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0094

*These are examples of clinics in the area.

Parks


Futako-Tamagawa Apartments

Apartments for rent near Futako-Tamagawa Station:

Setagaya Ward has a reputation for being an attractive area for those looking for an area that is a little calmer than city centers like Shinjuku and Shibuya. The addition of department stores and shopping complexes helps increase the livability of the area by providing countless shopping and dining options.

Apartments For Rent in Futako-Tamagawa

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Lead photo: Wpcpey via Wikimedia Commons

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